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Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine opens facility for clinical trials

(ATHENS, Ohio — April 30, 2015) The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has opened a facility for conducting clinical trials and studies involving human subjects. The Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU), which is located in Irvine Hall on the Athens campus, provides support for all stages of clinical research from idea development to final reporting. The Heritage College hopes the CTRU will help take the college’s research program to the next level, putting it on par with other institutions that have high-profile clinical research programs.

“We want the Heritage College to be recognized as a place where investigators are conducting cutting-edge clinical research,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O. “Clinical studies that tackle pervasive health problems bring attention to the college and the university. They open the door to more opportunities for collaboration and funding, which are essential to help researchers advance medical care in our communities.”

The CTRU offers support to Ohio University faculty at all stages of clinical research including budget development, project coordination, subject recruitment, data collection and institutional review board assistance.

The CTRU occupies nearly 4,000 square feet of space and is outfitted with numerous resources to assist with clinical trials including patient examination rooms, an exercise physiology laboratory, imaging facilities and a laboratory processing station.

“The CTRU makes it easier for faculty to do clinical trials from start to finish. So far it’s been very well-received because people recognize that it’s very hard to conduct clinical trials on your own,” said CTRU Executive Director Laura Rush, D.V.M., Ph.D. “We help navigate the rules and regulations so scientists are free to focus on the science.”

In addition to the executive director, the CTRU staff includes a medical director, two research nurses, two project managers, an administrative associate and a clinical research scientist.

“We have top-notch staff who know clinical trials, maintain the high standards required for patient safety, and observe meticulous record keeping,” said Rush. “Our staff are dedicated to making a difference. They love this community and want to move health care forward.”

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care in Ohio award, along with Heritage College support, provided the startup funding to launch the CTRU in the summer of 2014. Through the OHF’s generous support for the CTRU as well as other research initiatives, the Heritage College is strengthening its research programs, which meets the shared goals of both the Foundation and the college - to improve the health and quality of life in our communities through collaborative research, medical care and training. To learn more, contact or (740) 566-9873.

About the CTRU
The Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU) is a centralized resource of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine that supports Ohio University faculty who are conducting clinical trials and clinical studies with human subjects. The CTRU, which is part of the Heritage College’s Office of Research & Grants, aims to provide the best possible environment for clinical research – one that fosters the creation of new knowledge in health care and protects the safety and well-being of study participants. The staff is experienced with study participants of all ages and has expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas, including Type I and Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, aging, and chronic back pain. The CTRU supports NIH-funded trials, pharmaceutical-sponsored trials, and a variety of college-supported pilot projects.

About the Heritage College
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.

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